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Nov. 27, 2017

Columbia SC Real Estate Owners Run for Charity

Run for charity on Columbia SC real estate.Strictly Running provides a wealth of information to runners looking for local runs in the beautiful area around Columbia SC real estate. On the 2nd of December there will be two separate events for all the runners who call Columbia SC home. The First Annual Red Ribbon Run/Walk has been organized by the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina, and on Saturday the 2nd at the Maxcy Gregg Park this 5k race will begin at 9 a.m. Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the race, with only a $25 fee to register, and the necessary packets can be picked up the day before at Strictly Running from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Awards will be given for the top three overall male and female participants. Those looking for more information can contact Daniel Casillas at dancas27@gmail.com or (210)264-9327. Visit Strictly Running to register online. 

Enjoy Holiday Fun and Exercise Near Your Columbia SC Home

The other runs planned for the day are the Deck The Hall Family Holiday Events. There will be a 5k and 2k race, as well as the Kid’s Reindeer Games and 400 Meter Run. The fun all begins in the morning at 8:30 a.m. on the lovely piece of Columbia SC real estate belonging to Heathwood Hall Episcopal School located at 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. Columbia, SC. The 5k Trail Run will be the first event and is open to everyone 6 years old and up for a $30 fee. There will be prize money awarded to the top male and female runners! Then at 9:30 a.m. the 2k Trail Run begins for everyone 7 to 14 years old who pays the $25 fee. There will also be 5k and 2k Team Races with teams made of three members of any age for a $50 fee, and these runners are requested to indicate which race they will be competing in as well as their team name when they register. A special Family of Four fee of $95 is offered but a separate registration form is necessary for each member.

At 9 a.m. the Kid’s Reindeer Games and 400m Run begins with its different age group races through the 4th grade and both events cost $20. At 10 a.m. the Awards Ceremony will begin with awards going to the top 3 male and female racers in each category, as well as the top three teams. There will even be prizes for the top three best costumes for adults, youth, and children! T-shirts in adult and youth sizes will be available but can only be guaranteed for those who register before November 27th. Registration can be done online at Strictly Running, or on the day of the race people can register for a $35 adult fee or $25 youth fee beginning at 6:45 a.m. The necessary packets can be picked up at Strictly Running on December 1st, the day before the race. To learn more contact Willis Ware at warew@heathwood.org, or call him at (803)765-2309.

 

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Nov. 22, 2017

Everyone from Columbia SC Homes Will Enjoy Ice Skating at Boyd Plaza

Go ice skaing near Columbia SC homes.Holiday fun is coming to Columbia SC homes. Main Street Ice will open Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd at Boyd Plaza, at the intersection of Main Street and Hampton Street. After the turkey and pies, come for ice skating any time between 5 and 10 p.m. On opening day, admission will be $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger. On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the skating rink will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. The rink will stay open for skating through January 15th. Regular open hours will be Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday hours are 4 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, everyone is invited for skating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays the rink will be open from 1 to 9 p.m.

Ring in the New Year on Columbia SC Real Estate at the Skating Rink

Hours will be extended from December 18th to January 1st. Kids and adults from Columbia SC homes can have a blast Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours will stay the same. The rink will close on Christmas Day. Ring in the new year by ice skating until midnight on New Year’s Eve! The rink will re-open on January 1st at noon and stay open until 9 p.m.

Admission Monday through Wednesday is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. From Thursday through Sunday, admission is $10 for adults and $8 for kids. Active military personnel with identification and seniors 55 and older get in for $8 any day of the week.

If you are planning to host a group or party at your Columbia SC real estate, consider making it a skating party. The rink is available for group reservations. Just call Columbia Parks and Recreation at 803.545.3100. Get more details about Main Street ICE

 

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Nov. 20, 2017

Everyone Living in Columbia SC Celebrates the Season at Holiday Lights on the River

Enjoy living in Columbia SC and go to Holiday Lights on the River.This holiday season families living in Columbia SC have the opportunity to experience the magic of holidays in the brilliance of a million sparkling lights at Holiday Lights on the River! Guests will be able to journey through Saluda Shoals Park alight with the beautiful colors of the season where over 400 animated displays of all shapes and sizes will be blazing with the light of the holidays. From November 22nd through the 31st of December, this beautiful stretch of Columbia SC property will be open for visitors from 6 until 10 p.m. Every evening there will be nightly activities except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, including the Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop and Sweet Shop which is sure to be a favorite with everyone.

The Columbia SC Property Transforms into a Holiday Wonderland

The entrance to Holiday Lights on the River’s will be off of St. Andrews Road this year. Traffic will enter Saluda Shoals Park at the east entrance. Visitors will get to enjoy an all new route this time for the Midlands largest drive-through lights show, and then there will be a Hayride Shuttle to the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail as well as a Saluda Shoals Train that is sure to be very popular. The festivities include many fun-filled activities for the entire family, including a Tube Slide, Crafts, and Marshmallow Roast that will all be available for everyone. Plus, the Laser Light Show along the wetland trail will be a memory not easily forgotten. Of course, one of the highlights of the experience is sure to be the visit with Santa where a professional photographer will be available so children can have their pictures taken with him. Since Santa will only be visiting from December 8th through the 23rd, families living in Columbia SC are encouraged to get their photos done early as a memento of this year’s holiday season.

The wide variety of activities available will each have a nominal fee on top of the normal admission fee to the Holiday Lights, which will be $15 for a car, $25 for a 15 passenger van, and $40 for a bus. The train ride will be $2 a person, and the Hayride to the Wetland will be $1 a person. The tube slide will be $2 for each slide, but only $10 for a pass that allows as many slides as you want. The concession stand will be offering all sorts of treats from $2 s’mores to $1 hot chocolate, and there’s sure to be something for everyone. Learn more about the magical Holiday Lights on the River or call 1-803-772-3903. 

 

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Nov. 15, 2017

Head to Historic Columbia SC Property for the South Carolina Oyster Festival

Columbia SC property owners go to the Oyster Festival.Delicious and fresh local seafood is a huge perk of living in a Columbia SC property. Come celebrate this fact by participating in the South Carolina Oyster Festival. This event will take place on Sunday, November 19th, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is celebrating its 21st year. The festival will be held on the grounds of the Robert Mills Historic House and Gardens. Admission is only $5 when tickets are purchased in advance or $10 the day of the festival. Children 12 and under get in for free. This admission price allows access to two stages of live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and discounted museum home tours of the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. There will be plenty for the kids to do as well for a small fee. Admission does not include food, but there will be plenty of vendors and options available.

Everyone Living in Columbia SC Will Find Great Food, Music, and Shopping

Steamed oysters will be available for purchase by the bucket for $10 thanks to PEARLZ Oyster Bar. Enjoy many other oyster preparations including oyster gumbo, oyster shooters, and fried oysters. If oysters are not your favorite thing, fear not, there will be plenty of other food options in addition to refreshing ice cold beer and a wine garden. Bring chairs, blankets, and oyster knives along from your Columbia SC property so that you can relax, enjoy the live music, and munch on tasty food.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support local crafters and artisans by shopping the vendor booths. Find unique creations and keep your money in the community. A long list of performers will be on stage at this event. Enjoy the tunes of Big Thunder and Rumblefish, Reggie Sullivan Band, Herbie Jeffcoat Projekt, Emma Kat McLain, and many other groups. Also watch in awe as the ACX Twisters Dance Team performs. There will be something for everyone living in Columbia SC. Visit the Oyster Festival to find more details about this event that brings this whole community together and purchase tickets.

 

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Nov. 13, 2017

Get the Best Produce Grown on Columbia SC Real Estate at Soda City

Find fresh produce on Columbia SC real estate at Soda City.Beat the crowds at the grocery store and head to Soda City on Columbia SC real estate. Held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. residents and visitors to the area can soak up the sun and some culture too. Vendors line the street selling the wares. Paths are bustling with shoppers selecting fresh produce, meats, cheeses, spices and more. Stocking up on weekly supplies here becomes a habit with many regulars meandering along from Columbia SC homes. 

Vegetables are fresh, colorful and bursting with nutrients. Juicy seasonal fruit is carefully selected with many choosing ingredients for homemade baked holiday pies and cobblers. Spices can be found as well alongside pure honey. The aroma of freshly baked goods calls to those craving a treat. Everyone has room for a cookie, donut or brownie. When real hunger strikes appetites can be appeased from local food trucks. Lining the streets these mobile restaurants cater to a variety of tastes. Trucks vary each week keeping things new and appealing to palettes.

Find Food, Art, and Crafts for Columbia SC Homes Every Saturday

Art is in the eye of the beholder and seemingly everywhere on this part of Columbia SC real estate. Various trees are decorated in honor of Soda City. Local artists proudly display their efforts. Some actually set up and get to work showcasing the spontaneity of street artists. Arts and crafts are well represented with treasures to be found down every aisle. Soda City is the perfect locale to start holiday shopping and those with list in hand seriously get to it. A lively vibe is felt by one and all with musicians playing on the corners. Scattered throughout different talents burst forth encouraging spontaneous dancing, frolicking, and all sorts of merriment.

Animal lovers appreciate being able to include their furbabies when making the trip. Dog people offer pats on the head and are rewarded with tails wagging in response. People watchers are also in their element, enjoying the day and the moment. The outdoor market is held rain or shine so make Saturday shopping day and make farm to table meals a Saturday tradition.

 

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Nov. 8, 2017

Honor Veterans Near your Columbia SC Home at EdVenture Children’s Museum

Honor veterans near your Columbia SC home.Columbia SC home owners take time out to celebrate the efforts of United States Military members. In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EdVenture Children’s Museum is pulling out all the stops. Many activities planned are centered around military families and the sacrifices they make each day as a whole. Children with moms and dad who serve have their own set of circumstances to conquer including frequent moves and absent parents. At the museum, military youngsters are recognized in their own right. 

Fun times are cherished and patriotism is in the house. Smiles are contagious as youngsters mark on the world map places where they have lived. Storytime rings out with patriotic and military themed tales. Letters are written to active soldiers on duty far from Columbia SC real estate. Crafts bring out creativity during this Veterans Day celebration. Individuals add their own unique handprint to an artistic United States flag. In the Aha Factory yellow ribbons are decked out. Nearby in the Bio Lab young scientists produce fizzy stars. When hunger strikes kids go grab a complimentary lunch from the Carousel Cafe (available for military dependents 12 years and younger).

Columbia SC Real Estate Owners Enjoy Visiting the Museum Regularly

Other areas in the museum beg to be explored. Edventure Children’s Museum is a place for kiddos to expand their minds through play and youngsters here will be kept busy. Favorite spots to stretch the mind are numerous. In Wags and Whiskers veterinary skills focus on biology. Chefs cook up nutritious meals in the Cooking Lab. After a tour through My Backyard children will look at the outdoor area of their Columbia SC homes in a new way.

This Veterans Day go explore the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Celebrate the sacrifices of the whole military family by making memories to last a lifetime through laughter and smiles. Free admission for identified service members ease the pocket book and the time expended together is priceless.

 

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Nov. 6, 2017

Learn About Living in Columbia SC and the Work of the Legislature at the State House

Everyone living in Columbia SC is invited to tour the State House.At the intersection of Main and Gervais streets in Columbia, South Carolina, sits the dignified and impressive State House building that is home to the South Carolina Legislature. Those living in Columbia SC, take great pride in their history, and the beautiful State House itself was recognized as an historic building by 1992 when it became obvious that it required renovation. The updating process was strategically planned, and the renovations were carefully completed from 1995 through 1998. The result was a renewal of the entire State House, from dome to foundation, not only bringing the building up to modern safety codes, but restoring the marble floors and even refurbishing the dome itself. The beauty of the new building has added to the public’s desire to visit their State House, and tours are now regularly scheduled on this historic Columbia SC property.

Visit the Historic Columbia SC Property for a Tour to See Its Restored Beauty

During the months that the legislature is in session, from January through May, guided tours are offered every half hour from 9:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon, with no tours available at noon or 12:30 p.m. From June through December tours are offered every hour (on the half hour) from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with no tour at 12:30 p.m. On Saturdays, the State House is open from 10 o’clock in the morning until 4 o’clock in the afternoon -- except on the Saturdays after Christmas and Thanksgiving -- and tours are available at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy self-guided tours at their own pace as well, with the aid of brochures that are provided for them. Walk-in tours are welcome. It is requested that visitors call ahead if their tour is going to be more than 10 people, and if the group is larger than the maximum size of 50, multiple times will have to be provided as the group is separated into more than one tour.

Each of these popular tours begins with a 15 minute DVD viewing about the architecture and history of the State House. Reservations are suggested so that the Tour Office can send out an information packet, including information on parking for visitors. Normally, buses and vans are able to park along Sumter Street, and private vehicles have access to the metered spaces by the State House itself. Living in Columbia SC allows for easy access to this historic building, and it has become a popular destination in its own right. To learn more about the State House and how to visit it yourself, visit the South Carolina Legislature, or call the Tour Office at (803) 734-2430. 

 

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Nov. 1, 2017

Residents of Columbia SC Properties are Invited to the Korean Festival

Everyone from Columbia SC properties attend the Korean Festival.Learn more about Korean neighbors living in Columbia SC properties by attending the annual Korean Festival. This event will take place on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at 1412 Richland Street in Columbia. Thousands of people come every year for this fun filled event with something for all ages. Find events and activities for children, musical acts, dancing, martial arts demonstrations, tasty Korean cuisine, and much more. Learn about the history and traditions of the Korean community. Gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the Korean culture.

This festival began in 2005 to help charity organizations. The proceeds have gone to help such entities as Clean of Heart and Columbia Family Shelter, Boys Farm, Sistercare, Harvest Hope Food Bank, and the Oliver Gospel Mission. Come out this year to support even more charities that help those living in Columbia, SC and the surrounding area.

Everyone Living in Columbia SC Will Enjoy Food, Music, and Dancing

The schedule is jam packed and food vendors will be on site offering tasty dishes. Come for old favorites or try something new. Grab some kimchi, udon, hoddeok, spring rolls, sweet and sour chicken, and other yummy dishes. Experience many traditional Korean dances such as the drum dance, mask dance, and wedding day dance. Support the performers representing children’s groups, women’s groups, college groups, and professional groups. A real treat will be a moving daegeum performance. This large bamboo transverse flute has a buzzing membrane that gives a unique sound. It has traditionally been used in court, aristocratic, and folk music. The sound can also be recognized from the music from several movies. Also watch the schedule for fun games and martial arts presentations. This is a great opportunity for those living in Columbia SC to support their neighbors, learn about a different culture, and allow children to experience this festival that brings the whole community together. Follow the event on Facebook or visit the Korean Festival to find more details.

 

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Oct. 25, 2017

Explore Historic Columbia SC Real Estate at the Robert Mills House

See the scarecrows on historic Columbia SC real estate.Visit the Robert Mills house, a lovely historic Columbia SC real estate, to experience a structure designed by the first architect born and trained in America. Mills also designed several other prominent structures, including the Washington Monument. The Robert Mills House is one of five National Historic Landmarks located in Columbia. It is still in great shape, thanks to the skill of the architect and to Historic Columbia, which saved this property in 1960. Today, those who visit the house can see many pieces of decorative art from the early 19th century. Explore the basement to see service rooms that feature artifacts used for food preparation, storage, and for eating. There is also space in the basement for a temporary gallery which houses rotating exhibits.

Although this historic Columbia SC real estate did not originally include ornamental gardens, Historic Columbia created them after saving the property. Come relax and explore the property to enjoy the gardens that combine early 1970’s design, contemporary ideas, as well as tidbits of English-style gardens of the 19th century. These gardens are open to the public and also available for special events.

Enjoy Autumn near Columbia SC Homes at Scarecrows in the Garden

Come to the gardens at the Robert Mills house before the end of October to see Scarecrows in the Garden. This exhibit is totally free and includes scarecrows that have been made by local classrooms, families, businesses, and organizations. Walk through and take in the gardens while also checking out the scarecrows. Find some that are a bit ghoulish, historic, colorful, or classic scarecrow. Watch out for “Sneaky Steve” a scarecrow that hides in a new location in the garden every week. Come to see the scarecrows during the normal hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Stop into the Gift Shop at Robert Mills to cast your vote for the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow.” All living in Columbia SC homes are invited to visit Historic Columbia to read more about this property and learn more about the work of the society.

 

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Oct. 23, 2017

Get Creative Near Your Columbia SC Home With Classes at the Art Center

Take art classes near your Columbia SC home.Columbia SC home owners let creativity soar. By taking advantage of classes offered at the City of Columbia Art Center, hobbies and new interests are easily explored. Varying six week sessions occur throughout the year with the newest one starting in November. A plethora of art classes fill the upcoming calendar including jewelry making, drawing, sewing and pottery. Children and adults alike are encouraged to try new things. 

Imaginations run freely during After School Art. Open to youngsters ages 5 to 11, class is held Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Students will try out multiple mediums. From drawing to painting to work with clay, eager young artists bring their ideas to life. Color theory, shading and perspective are all on the curriculum. A favorite part of the class is learning to transform globs of clay into multi-dimensional objects.

Explore the Elements of Pottery on Columbia SC Real Estate

The ancient art of pottery is intriguing. Beginning Pottery starts off with learning all there is to know about types of clay and the tools used to shape it. Several projects will be finished in class with techniques featuring hand building. Hand Building Basics continues the learning process. Moving on, students get an in depth tutelage during Intermediate Hand Building. Those comfortable with the hand building skills can then attempt to conquer the wheel. The Beginning Throwing class covers safety rules, preparing the clay and elementary centering and opening skills. Cylinders are shaped and finishing touches such as trimming and glazing addressed. Basic Throwing is held on both Tuesdays and Friday evenings. When the elements are mastered, attendees can elect to work in Open Studio or increase their knowledge in Next Step Throwing. Intermediate potters keep learning in the Sculpture class. Shapes are formed with a keen attention to detail. Busts are fun figures to make with facial characteristics, proportion and clothing. Completed projects are often proudly showcased in the budding artists Columbia SC home.

In order to preserve the quality of instruction class sizes are limited and fill up fast. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity on Columbia SC real estate to embrace creativity today.

 

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